How's this for irony: Android users are only now receiving an update to Google Maps that brings feature parity with the iPhone version released at the end of last year, and is finally getting serious about tablets.
Longing for the grand old days of iOS 5 when Google's Street View was baked right into the Maps app? You may not be able to go back in time, but for only 99 cents you can get Street View back with Streets 2.0.
Google I/O kicked off in San Francisco on Wednesday with an exceptionally long keynote mostly aimed at developers this time around. Aside from the three bits included in our recap today, the only real news for consumers was a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android coming June 26 -- and surprisingly, the rumors of Android 4.3 (or an even higher version) didn't quite pan out. But hey, the conference has two more days, so maybe we'll hear something today…?
No, you won't get stabbed for missing out on these hot news stories from the Ides of March. Still, don't go missing any more of 'em if you want to stay healthy, know what we're saying? We're saying, you could miss out and feel sick about it. What'd you think we were saying?
Everybody loves free, and today we've got not one, but two newly-free products up for grabs. Everpix Free promises to trump Photo Stream by storing a year's worth of photos absolutely free, while Boinx has made its previously paid photo collage app free thanks to iAds. Not enough free for you? Go download new updates to iBooks and Google Maps. There, you're welcome...
Just like you've gotta eat, iPhone and iPad users gotta use apps, but some people don’t venture too far past the packed-in options or maybe whatever’s at the top of the App Store charts. But maybe you’re settling for a plain old cake donut when you could have a mouth-watering strawberry and Nutella crepe — and a much better experience. We set out to replace your everyday apps, the workhorses you rely on. Sample from this buffet, and you won’t save any calories, but you will have an even better time using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
We don't know if there's anything hotter in the hopper than the Frys.com iPhone 5 deal we posted earlier today. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of interesting stories worthy of your attention this week. For example, what's up with Instagram? And how do you like the idea of your DVDs--in the cloud? Find out about this and more inside.